Category Archives: Debra Chasnoff

New Day Filmmaker Debra Chasnoff (1957-2017)

Chas Presenting in a Classroom

Our beloved member Debra “Chas” Chasnoff passed away recently after a 2-year battle with cancer.  Chas is an Academy Award-winning filmmaker whose work has fueled progressive social-change movements in many fields. She has 9 films in our collection. New Day meant the world to Chas, and she gave an enormous amount of energy to making it thrive. She lived her own life fully with great integrity, humor and engagement. She will truly be missed – an irreplaceable light in our independent film community.

Her full biography is here.   Read her eulogy in the New York Times here.